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2022 Junk Kouture competition judges Soulé and Louis Walsh with Villiers student Leah Gow with her design Culchie Life pictured above. Photo by Brian McEvoy. 2022 Junk Kouture competition judges Soulé and Louis Walsh with Villiers student Leah Gow with her design Culchie Life pictured above. Photo by Brian McEvoy.

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Five Limerick schools are set to attend the 2022 Junk Kouture final

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2022 Junk Kouture finalist judges Soulé and Louis Walsh with Villiers student Leah Gow and her design Culchie Life pictured above. Photo by Brian McEvoy.

The competition will be judged by Louis Walsh, Roz Purcell, fashion designer Stephen McLaughlin and a new judge for 2022, singer Soulé

By I Love Limerick correspondent Caoimhe Siochru

Pictured above is Colaiste Nano Nagle’s ‘Ode To Joy’ by designers Maha, Jadine and Somani.

2022 Junk Kouture final will go ahead this May, with many talented Limerick students getting ready to rock the stage with their fabulous sustainable designs. Many talented secondary students here in Limerick have created beautiful fashion designs using 100% recyclable material, and are getting ready to rock the stage of the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre in Dublin.

Some of the fantastic designs from these Limerick schools include ‘Open Book’ from Villiers School, ‘The Global Spiral’ and ‘Ode To Joy’ from Coláiste Nano Nagle, ‘Print Outside the Book’ from John The Baptist Community School, Hospital, and ‘Contamination Cycle’ from Salesian Secondary College, Pallaskenry.

Colaiste Nano Nagle’s ‘Ode To Joy’ by designers Maha, Jadine and Somania who aimed to symbolise the values and principles of the EU and its efforts in fighting climate change. Their dress is lined with old bedsheets and it’s top ruffles are framed with builder’s mesh and old cardboard folders, embellished with an old rope sprayed gold. The fanning pattern on the skirt was made by joining individual pieces made from old cardboard folders and disposable plastic shoe covers, lined with black plastic bin bags to darken the blue shade. The sleeves and the bottom ruffles are covered with blue flowers all made from disposable shoe covers. Their impressive project was supported by their art teacher Ms Nestor and their TY coordinator, Ms Kavanagh.

The second group of Junk Kouture finalists from Coláiste Nano Nagle are Erin, Hajara and Anastasia, with their excellent design ‘The Global Spiral’. The outfit’s headpiece is made from old cans, wire and material from old kitchen towels and aprons. The ladies sprayed the top piece gold and the bottom piece orange, to match their beautiful orange and gold dress, all made from sustainable materials!

Pictured above is the design ‘Print Outside the Box’ by Laura Boyle, Jean Donovan and Lauren Power from John The Baptist Community School.

Laura Boyle, Jean Donovan and Lauren Power from John The Baptist Community School in Hospital made it through to the 2022 Junk Kouture final with their design, ‘Print Outside the Box’. 

The group stated, “Our design includes a flared jumpsuit, a short jacket and visor. The theme is inspired by the way print media has evolved and moved online. The 1970’s Abbaesque style, its revival in the film Mamma Mia, and designers such as Viktor & Rolf were an inspiration”.

 The jumpsuit was weaved from wires stripped from old devices, and this represents how digital media has weaved its way into modern life. The jacket is made of hundreds of paper cubes which portrays how publishers had to ‘think outside the box’ and devise innovative ways to communicate their content online. The visor represents online scrolling in today’s modern world.

Finally, Salesian Secondary School Palaskenry’s talented students Julianne Deegan, Lucja Wojciechowska and Hazel Walsh made the final with their project ‘Contamination Cycle’, made from an abandoned bike picked up at Limerick’s The Hub bike shop. The team was helped along with their interesting project by their teacher, Ms Mulcahy.

The final of Junk Kouture 2022 will take place on Thursday, May 5, at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre, Dublin. These talented groups of Limerick students are guaranteed to rock the stage and make the Treaty City proud! The competition will be judged by Louis Walsh, Roz Purcell, fashion designer Stephen McLaughlin and a new judge for 2022, singer Soulé.

For more information on Junk Kouture 2022, go HERE 

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Richard is a presenter, producer, songwriter and actor. He was named the Limerick Person of the Year (2011) and won an online award at the Metro Éireann Media and Multicultural Awards (2011) for promoting multi-culturalism online. Richard says that the ilovelimerick.com concept is very much a community driven project that aims to document life in Limerick. So, that in 20 years time people can look back and remember the events that were making the headlines.

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